Shwarma is a unique psychedelic and progressive rock band based in Denver, Colorado. The band is made up of five members: Pieter Montoulieu, Jackson Kaufman, Steve Sanchez, Dalton Groves, and Kevin Schultz. Their first EP, titled Angular, was released in September of 2017. Since then, they’ve continued to craft incomparable, ever-changing sounds.
When listening to music from shwarma, you’ll hear a wide assortment of genres. This eclectic group creates music that spans many genres including funk, latin, grunge, prog, jazz, punk, and reggae, to name a few. This group’s music and lyrics are brimming with spunk and personality. Their latest full-length album, Emily’s Aparments, showcases this beautifully.
Throughout the last three years, shwarma has performed at a handful of venues all around Denver. Of course, this was before most venues were temporarily closed in 2020 for COVID-19 concerns. Globe Hall, Larimer Lounge, Lost Lake, and the Hi-Dive have all had their stages graced by shwarma at one point in time.
Loveworthy Live EP
This Valentine’s Day, shwarma debuted the Loveworthy Live EP on their Facebook and Youtube pages. This is their fourth release and is complete with five slow-groovin’ love songs. In addition to five new songs, they are also releasing a video to accompany each track! The audio and video for this new EP were all recorded live back in November. On February 15th, the Loveworthy Live EP became available on all streaming platforms for listening.
Each track on the EP has a sort of retro, groovy vibe. A wide variety of instruments can be heard including saxophone, horns, percussion, and guitar. Even more so, deep, occasionally warped vocals really add to the greasy smooth feel of these tracks.
Furthermore, shwarma yet again provides listeners with a truly diverse listening experience. The Loveworthy Live EP bears tracks that will make listeners want to dance around their living room, like “Wouldja Rather?“, and a slow, haunting track called “Baby, No“.
Valentine’s Day Videos To Make You Swoon
The premiere of the Loveworthy Live EP was live-streamed on both Facebook and Youtube. Luckily, these live-streams were saved and are now viewable to anyone that might have missed the live event. These songs and accompanying videos were recorded in Denver at Lighting Services Inc.
This video event starts off by referencing their previous live stream event for Emily’s Aparments. Then, it opens with the band dressed in retro attire, ready to funk it up for “Wouldja Rather?“. A huge green screen was used while filming, as the background of this video is full of bright, neon colors.
Some of the other videos seem simpler. For instance, the video for “Instinctual Love” is black and white and consists of each band member wearing a formal suit. However, each individual video tells a story as well as the live stream as a whole. When watched from start to finish, viewers are taken on an interstellar, psychedelic journey through time.
The funky five-piece band that is shwarma continues to bring their own personality and sound to the Denver music scene. Their ability to play any genre under the sun really does give them a leg up, as listeners never quite know what they’ll hear next.
This past year, they’ve gotten a surplus of time to focus more directly on their music as opposed to putting together live shows. However, their Loveworthy Live EP provided their audience with the feel of a live show since both audio and video were recorded from a live performance.
In the words of shwarma, “we’ve got high hopes for the future and look forward to continuing bringing you the pure, unadulterated shwarmth.”
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